Integrated Specialist Support
Learners studying at Landmarks can be assessed to receive support from our specialist on-site Multi-disciplinary team, comprising experienced and highly qualified Speech and Language Therapists and an Occupational Therapist. The support that this team offers enhances a learners programme by ensuring effective strategies and adaptations are in place to enable successful learning.
Our aim is to help learners optimise their communication abilities to access education, build social relationships and develop independence skills.
Our well-resources, on-site Speech and Language Therapy department offer support for learners who have difficulties with:
- Receptive and expressive language
- Social communication skills
- Eating and drinking
Detailed assessments, consultations and observations identify appropriate support for each learner. The Speech and Language Therapy service then assists a learner in a variety of ways. We offer individual and group sessions, help in the classroom, in the College and the local community and partner employer premises to supported our Interns.
Joint assessments, planning and therapy are frequently carried out with staff from other departments. Providing training and advice for staff and for families is also a key part of our role.
We promote a Total Communication approach which supports learner choice and encourages the development of effective, functional communication.
Occupational therapy at Landmarks aims to help learners to be as independent as possible in every aspect of their life. All of our learners are assessed when they arrive at Landmarks, where initial assessment information is confirmed and learning priorities negotiated with students and families.
Developing skills and acquiring independence at all levels involves liaison and close working with all departments within Landmarks and externally with parents and local services. The appropriate skills for our learners are developed by practising in everyday situations including the educational and community environments.
The occupational therapists are involved in setting independence targets with learners and Tutors. These targets are typically trans-disciplinary and will be facilitated in joint sessions with colleagues from speech and language and embedded within classroom and community activities.
Every learner is assigned a Personal Tutor when they start their programme at Landmarks. The role of this Personal Tutor is to work with learner and their families to ensure:
- Programmes of study meet the needs and interests of learners
- That learner progress is planned, monitored and celebrated
- Learners receive timely support, information, advice and guidance
- Transition planning is effective by enabling learners to reach their goals
- Parents/families are informed of developments and given direction on how learning can be transferred to the home
- Parents/families are signposted to correct external agencies for supporting, information, advice and guidance
At the end of every term Reviews of Progress are produced by the Personal Tutor and sent to learner supporters and funders, highlighting the progress that has been made during the term.